Including women philosophers
April 17, 2011 § 6 Comments
I am a woman philosopher (untenured) at a university that has a 100 % male faculty. Yet it’s only since reading the what’s it like blog that I have come to see much implicit and less implicit bias in our profession. Perhaps this is because several male colleagues have been incredibly supportive of my work. I am now aware that I too, have been subject to the implicit idea that a philosopher is a white male. It is only this year that I have been incorporating female philosophers in my introductory undergraduate course in philosophy of science. There are so many excellent female philosophers of science, but prior to What’s it like they just did not come to mind. Similarly, I now try to have some sort of gender balance in conferences and workshops. I aim now for at least 50% female invited speakers. It is less easy to control for contributed talks, and I notice that there are often very few women submitting papers.